Tom Savage is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks for the 2009 recruiting class. The 6'4" 219 pound signal caller has seen his recruitment become very active over the past month. On Saturday he received an offer from one of the most storied programs in college football history. "I'm at about 16 or 17 offers right now. Today (Saturday) I got the offer from Florida State. I'd say recruiting has been really good right now," said Savage.
With offers from LSU, Georgia, N.C. State, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Louisville, Iowa, Illinois, Miami and Michigan just to name a few, the offer from the Seminoles stands out as one of the better ones so far. He said, "I always watched them on television as a kid. You name the top programs in the nation; FSU will be one of them. They are always in the mix as one of the best programs, and they're doing some good things down there right now. This offer makes me feel really good."
While Savage has seen most of the contact with the coaches from FSU come through his high school coaching staff, he states that the offer was special because it was from legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. "From what I understand most of the contact has been with Jimbo Fisher, but the offer was nice because it was from Bobby Bowden. It was a basic offer letter, but I was excited that I got it," said Savage.
Tom has many colleges to choose from at this point, and it looks as though more schools will throw their hat into the pot. He says that right now he is pretty open in the process, but wants to trim his list of choices down to a top 5 by the end of spring. He said, "I'm open to the process, but by the end of spring I want to be down to a top 5. I've been to Virginia and Rutgers for Junior Day, and I know I'm heading to Georgia in April. I may make some more visits then, too. After that I am going to sit down and think about it. FSU will be in it."
Many people consider Tom as a pro-style quarterback. He feels he is most effective in the pocket, but he has the ability to make plays with his feet when necessary. "I'm more of a pro-style quarterback. I can do other things but I prefer to stay in the pocket. I can move around if needed. Nowadays college coaches are looking for guys who can pass and run. I feel that with my arm-strength and accuracy I can fit into a lot of systems. My mobility is better than most pocket QB's. The one thing I need to work on, like any other quarterback, is learning defenses. I want to be on top of that," explained Savage.
Tom says he is looking for the right style of offense that fits him, the quarterback coach and the overall comfort of the school. Don't look for him to make a decision early, as he plans on making visits to see the schools who've offered. He said, "I want to commit before my season, but if I don't feel it I won't do it. That's why I plan on checking out schools this spring."
Tom missed most of his junior season with a broken foot, but he was able to put up 850 yards passing and 9 touchdowns in 5 games. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Tom and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.